Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner?
Do you know who else loves chocolate?
Berries. Berries love chocolate.
I remember listening to a lecture on superfoods in school, and speaker David Wolfe exclaimed the exact same thing. All I remember thinking was What is he talking about?
But it’s true! Berries and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, almond butter and banana, chips and dip…OK you’ve got the idea, but I’m not just talking taste. I’m also referring to the fact that these foods, when paired together, make for one super(food) duo.
Yes, that’s right. Chocolate is a superfood. No, that Russell-Stover heart-shaped box doesn’t count. I mean chocolate in its raw, natural form…also known as cacao (pronounced ca-COW).
Here are a few facts about chocolate that you might not have known before:
- Chocolate (cacao) is actually a nut
- “Cacao” is one of the oldest words in the world, dating back roughly 15,000 years. Chocolate was brought to the West by Hernan Cortes, a Spanish Conquistador of the 16th Century.
- Cacao is still the #1 cash crop in the world
- It has the highest antioxidant count of any food: 15x higher than wild blueberries; 20x higher than green tea; 30x higher than red wine. The polyphenols found in cacao help to protect your cells against oxidation and aging.
- It’s also the highest natural source of magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium; it’s very rich in phosphorous, zinc and copper
Goji berries are also high in antioxidants, astaxanthin and beta-carotene in particular. When the two are combined, this results in you doubling or tripling your antioxidant absorption. Sounds good to me! Here’s an easy recipe that will make this magic happen:
Vegan Chocolate Superfood Pudding
- ½ cup nut milk (I used homemade almond milk)
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ avocado
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 Medjool date, pitted
- pinch of cinnamon and sea salt
In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool. Top with goji berries.